- Psychoanalysis. all of the instinctual energies and desires that are derived from the id.
- sexual instinct or sexual drive.
Origin of libido
Examples from the Web for libido
Libido is what earlier psychologists called "will" or "tendency."
Libido can perhaps be described as "effect," or "capacity for effect."
Libido is an expression taken from the theory of the emotions.Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego
Libido: Life-force, élan vital, or (restricted) the energy of the sex-instinct.Outwitting Our Nerves
Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
On the opposite page Pudicitia—in a very spirited attitude—is driving her spear through the throat of Libido.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
- psychoanal psychic energy emanating from the id
- sexual urge or desire
Word Origin and History for libido
"psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct," 1892, carried over untranslated in English edition of Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis"; and used in 1909 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Selected Papers on Hysteria" (Freud's use of the term led to its popularity); from Latin libido "desire, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please," ultimately cognate with Old English lufu (see love (n.)).
- The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.
- Sexual desire.
- Manifestation of the sexual drive.